Living Wage Calculation for Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC

The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual in a household must earn to support his or herself and their family. The assumption is the sole provider is working full-time (2080 hours per year). The tool provides information for individuals, and households with one or two working adults and zero to three children. In the case of households with two working adults, all values are per working adult, single or in a family unless otherwise noted.

The state minimum wage is the same for all individuals, regardless of how many dependents they may have. Data are updated annually, in the first quarter of the new year. State minimum wages are determined based on the posted value of the minimum wage as of January one of the coming year (National Conference of State Legislatures, 2019). The poverty rate reflects a person's gross annual income. We have converted it to an hourly wage for the sake of comparison.

For further detail, please reference the technical documentation here.

1 ADULT 2 ADULTS

(1 WORKING)

2 ADULTS

(BOTH WORKING)

0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children
Living Wage $19.97 $38.95 $48.99 $63.96 $29.61 $34.55 $38.32 $42.24 $14.37 $20.92 $26.46 $32.07
Poverty Wage $6.13 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $8.29 $10.44 $12.60 $14.75 $4.14 $5.22 $6.30 $7.38
Minimum Wage $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25 $13.25

Typical Expenses

These figures show the individual expenses that went into the living wage estimate. Their values vary by family size, composition, and the current location.

1 ADULT 2 ADULTS

(1 WORKING)

2 ADULTS

(BOTH WORKING)

0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 0 Children 1 Child 2 Children 3 Children
Food $3,177 $4,670 $6,990 $9,294 $5,825 $7,238 $9,305 $11,345 $5,825 $7,238 $9,305 $11,345
Child Care $0 $11,773 $23,545 $35,317 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $11,773 $23,545 $35,317
Medical $2,622 $8,210 $7,898 $8,038 $6,234 $7,898 $8,038 $7,691 $6,234 $7,898 $8,038 $7,691
Housing $17,235 $20,222 $20,222 $26,274 $17,747 $20,222 $20,222 $26,274 $17,235 $20,222 $20,222 $26,274
Transportation $5,113 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $12,611 $9,378 $11,672 $13,896 $12,611
Civic $1,811 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,982 $3,889 $3,554 $4,127 $3,982
Other $2,875 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $6,235 $4,687 $5,144 $6,216 $6,235
Required annual income after taxes $32,834 $62,829 $79,026 $103,163 $47,759 $55,729 $61,804 $68,137 $47,247 $67,501 $85,349 $103,455
Annual taxes $8,702 $18,188 $22,877 $29,865 $13,826 $16,133 $17,892 $19,725 $12,522 $19,541 $24,708 $29,949
Required annual income before taxes $41,535 $81,017 $101,903 $133,028 $61,585 $71,861 $79,696 $87,862 $59,769 $87,042 $110,057 $133,404

Typical Annual Salaries

These are the typical annual salaries for various professions in this location.

Occupational Area Typical Annual Salary
Management $143,544
Business & Financial Operations $91,778
Computer & Mathematical $108,668
Architecture & Engineering $102,530
Life, Physical, & Social Science $105,681
Community & Social Service $57,516
Legal $137,897
Education, Training, & Library $60,503
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $77,527
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $83,532
Healthcare Support $31,796
Protective Service $54,324
Food Preparation & Serving Related $28,717
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $31,541
Personal Care & Service $28,911
Sales & Related $31,807
Office & Administrative Support $45,700
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $38,129
Construction & Extraction $50,354
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $56,094
Production $38,385
Transportation & Material Moving $34,773